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Property

Oregon policymakers may shake up development rules in tsunami zones

Sooner or later the offshore Cascadia fault zone is going to unleash a monster earthquake and tsunami. When that day comes, you hope that coastal schools, fire stations and hospitals are located high enough so that they don't get washed away just when you really need them.

Pacific Northwest
Tourism

Oregon’s North Coast bands together to manage tourism impacts

The North Coast Tourism Studio, offered by Travel Oregon in partnership with a local steering committee (representing 24 organizations and agencies), began with listening sessions held in spring, 2018, which guided the topics for a series of five workshops last fall and this winter.

Pacific Northwest
Science

Why are so many gray whales dying in Washington?

Seventeen gray whales have stranded themselves along Washington's shorelines in 2019, and experts are looking for answers.

Pacific Northwest
Energy

West Coast LNG Project Setback: Oregon Denies Jordan Cove Water Quality Permit for Export Terminal, Pipeline

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality denied a water quality certification for the proposed Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal and its feeder pipeline, the Pacific Connector pipeline, though the agency left the door open for the company to reapply.

Pacific Northwest
Waterways

Resurgent sea lions cause trouble at Northwest ports

A big rebound in the sea lion population along the West Coast in recent years has created a constant battle to wrangle the protected animals. They’re smart and fun to watch from a safe distance, but also noisy, smelly and proving to be a headache for some coastal marinas.

Pacific Northwest
Property

Floods have ravaged Hamilton for over a century. Can outsiders persuade the town to move?

HAMILTON, Skagit County — Mayor Joan Cromley crossed over a backwater slough, chatting with a Seattle conservationist on a tour of her town, when a noise blared, shrill as a car alarm.

Pacific Northwest
Science

Two Flies Walk into a Barnacle

Then they mate and their babies eat the barnacle. Seriously.

Pacific Northwest
Local

Washington Gov. Inslee signs range of bills aimed at helping orcas

SEATTLE - Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed several bills Wednesday designed to help the Pacific Northwest’s endangered orcas, measures that he said gave him hope the species might be saved.

Pacific Northwest
Science

Sea stars return to Washington's Salish Sea

Slow and steady wins the race — especially in sea star restoration. Following a devastating loss of sea star life from Alaska to Mexico due to wasting disease in 2013, the population is gently inching its way back upward.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Salmon-eating sea lions targeted at Columbia River dam

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — More California sea lions preying on imperiled salmon in the Columbia River below a hydroelectric project on the Oregon-Washington border are being killed under a revised policy, federal authorities said Friday.

Pacific Northwest
Recreation

With climate change, Oregon coastal parks face a new norm: Severe weather and rising sea level

Trees lining the path to Arcadia Beach slant back against the hillside as if permanently enduring invisible gale-force winds.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Atlantic salmon fish farm fined $332K for pen collapse

A salmon-farming operation will pay $332,000 in fines for releasing a quarter-million Atlantic salmon into the northern Puget Sound when one of its floating pens collapsed in August 2017.

Pacific Northwest
Engineering

Corps Seeks Comments on Channel Dredging in the Northwest

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Portland District is seeking public comment on the Federal Navigation Channel Operations and Maintenance Dredging and Dredged Material Placement draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for Skamokawa Creek, Westport Slough, Old Mouth Cowlitz River and Upstream Entrance to Oregon Slough.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Cutting back on fishing could help orcas. But would it hurt charter fishing fleets?

Pacific Northwesterners are undeniably fond of their endangered resident killer whales. Many locals are also fans of salmon fishing, a hobby that sustains charter fishing fleets in coastal harbors from Neah Bay, Washington, to Brookings, Oregon.

Pacific Northwest
Science

9th dead gray whale found beached in Washington waters

OCEAN SHORES, Wash. - Another dead gray whale has been found washed up on the beach - this time on the Washington coast at Ocean Shores.

Pacific Northwest
Engineering

Washington: Dynamic revetment revealed as top choice for North Cove shoreline preservation

Dynamic revetment — the placement of cobble rock along coastal shorelines to protect them from erosion — is the official “preferred choice” to stave off the shoreline erosion that has been gobbling up property and houses in the North Cove area for decades.

Pacific Northwest
Engineering

Oregon: Erosion takes a bite - or two - from Haystack Rock

CANNON BEACH — A boy picked up a chunk of stone and started methodically smashing barnacles in the protected marine garden at Haystack Rock.

Pacific Northwest
Engineering

Washington: Hearing examiner calls beach restoration permit a “done deal”

After decades of planning and administrative work, the Birch Bay beach restoration project known as the berm is set to receive its final permit – a shoreline substantial development permit from Whatcom County.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

First Bill to Help Save Orcas Passed in Washington State

(CN) – The first in a series of bills intended to help prevent the extinction of Southern Resident killer whales is headed to the desk of Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee. The measure, which Inslee requested, would protect habitat for the Chinook salmon the whales eat.

Pacific Northwest
Science

The ocean under a microscope: Carla Stehr merges art and science

From Carla Stehr’s viewpoint, the ocean is very small. Tiny. Microscopic, in fact. It’s also a wondrous, liquid world teeming with all sizes of life that lends itself to all kinds of artistic interpretation.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Research expedition: what ever happened to the world’s first certified sustainable shark fishery?

My Postdoctoral research has focused on understanding the causes and consequences of public misunderstanding about shark fisheries management. While scientists overwhelmingly support sustainable fisheries management as a solution to shark overfishing, many concerned citizens and conservation activists prefer total bans on all shark fishing and trade. Some go so far as to (wrongly) claim that sustainable shark fisheries cannot exist even in theory and do not exist in practice anywhere in the world, and that bans are the only possible solution.

Pacific Northwest
Science

Pacific Northwest tribes are harnessing cutting-edge data to plan for climate change

The tribes in the Pacific Northwest are leaders in climate adaptation and have mounted multifaceted responses to the threats they face.

Pacific Northwest
Waterways

Oil exports to China boost tanker traffic through orca habitat

Crude oil exports from Canada’s Port of Vancouver shot up by at least 67 percent last year, sending more tankers through critical habitat for orcas on both sides of the Washington-British Columbia border.

Pacific Northwest
Science

Digging for indigenous science in 3,000-year-old clam beds

Puget Sound, Washington - Marco Hatch, a Coastal Salish scholar, talks about the importance of bringing indigenous knowledge to Western research — and what science loses when we don't.

Pacific Northwest
Energy

Permanent offshore oil drilling ban OK'd by Oregon lawmakers

SALEM (AP) — Oregon state lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a permanent offshore oil drilling ban as the Trump administration forges ahead with a plan that could open up the Pacific coast for petroleum exploration and extraction.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

BC’s Herring War, and the Sacrifice of the Salish Sea

When the herring finally disappear, we’ll have only ourselves to blame.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Feds could restrict Pacific Ocean fishing over endangered orcas, NOAA letter says

SEATTLE—The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is taking a fresh look at whether new fishing restrictions are needed to help prevent the extinction of endangered southern resident killer whales that frequent Puget Sound.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Scientists See Improving Ocean Conditions Off West Coast

Ocean conditions are improving for salmon entering the ocean this year, several years after The Blob, an unusually warm water event that began forming in 2014, scientists announced Friday.

Pacific Northwest
Science

An ancient beach reborn — and renamed for a clam

“They are delicious when steamed open and dipped in hot butter,” according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. They’re also disappearing, according to scientists who've studied them from Alaska to California.

Pacific Northwest
Engineering

Coast weather may increase bluff erosion, landslides

This is the first in a series of stories about the environment brought by the News Guard from Lincoln City, Oregon.

Pacific Northwest
Property

Fires, floods, destruction: Washington copes with worsening climate change

From rising sea levels and crop failures to dying forests and fish, Washington state is struggling

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